U.S. Naval Academy Class of '67
The four big items on our Class agenda are (1) the “Another Link in
the Chain” (ALITC) program with the Class of 2017; (2) Planning
our 50th Reunion; (3) Completing our 50th Golden Lucky Bag project;
and (4) our
ongoing 50th Anniversary Class project.
The ’67 Store is open 24/7 for ’67 merchandise. We periodically
open the store with purchase of ’67 event or other project-specific
Jack Parry continues his admirable duty as our ’67
ALITC Chairman and has the Class of ’17’s I Day, Plebe Summer
events, Sea Trials and Herndon in the wake. It is hard to believe ’17
is closing in on finishing their Youngster Year.
The next event, which is the most meaningful after Graduation/Commissioning is “The Bonds of Gold” ceremony in Memorial Hall on April 7th
where our classmates and/or spouses/widows present the ‘17 Officers
with ’67 class rings or miniatures to melt down and combined with the
gold that will become ‘17’s Class Rings.
Other events are:
-3/C Luau the 13th of May
-The ’17 2/C Commitment Dinner in late August 2015
-The ’17 Ring Dance in late May of 2016. The previous senior ALITC
classes have attended their ALITC Class’s Ring Dance in record numbers
to rededicate (dunk) their rings in the waters of the Seven Seas. You don’t
want to miss this.
-The Service Selection dinner(s) in November 2016
-The six Battalion Receptions for ’17 at Alumni House in January & February
-Commissioning Week and Graduation Ceremony the week leading to Memorial
Day in 2017
Stay tuned for Jack’s updates and try to make one or more of the
ALITC events over the coming two and a half years. Be on the Class Facebook
watch for class-wide emails for details.
The Class 50th Anniversary gift drive is going well with 2 years to complete
our multi-pronged gift. You will be hearing from me in the future as
we work to meet and hopefully exceed our goal of $1,967,000.
If you have not yet heard from your Company Representative – stand by.
We are in the early stages of producing the ’67 Golden Lucky Bag. Your
part will be to get a standardized “biography” and a photo to your
Company Rep. Thanks to our editor-in-chief Ed Mills (our original 1967 Lucky
Bag editor), Mike “Geno” Quinlan, Ed Kerins, and Tony Wayne
for taking on this momentous, and what has proven to be by predecessor
a most cherished addition to our class and individual histories.
In 2014 we cheerfully welcomed many out-of-town classmates and families
to the ’67 Village tailgate at Navy home football games. We’ve posted
a “Rules of the Road” link on the Calendar for our tailgates
and a graphic of the location just outside Gate D on the Blue (Brigade)
the stadium. Put down 2015 as a year to join us in Annapolis as Navy
enters its first year as a football member of the new American Athletic
Kick-off times vary this year so stay tuned.
We still have classmates in the “missing” category. We need your
help in bringing everyone back into the fold. Your class officers continually
attempt to run down “lost” classmates and widows, and try to keep
all “known” classmates from becoming “lost” again.
To that end, I ask all of you to keep up the effort to find all of our 1,259
classmates who came together on our “I Day”- 26 June 1963. Turn
in any and all “lost” classmates to me, Jim McNeece and/or Dick
Meade! And, keep your own Alumni Association profile up-to-date. One last point,
as we enter the new “later mid-middle age”…we are still only
at about 75% members in our Alma Mater’s Alumni Association. I
want to see us approach 100%, as USNA shaped and molded us to serve and
these past 47+ years!
We need to stay über-organized as a class and keep our role as an integral
part of our greater alumni body to ensure USNA continues to be, now and in
the future, the national treasure it is. Your officers can lead the Class much
more effectively if we are all members of the Alumni Association. We use the
Association’s considerable and robust database for all class communications,
reunion and IT support services. Please ensure your profile is current and
you are signed into Online Community on www.usna.com (click at “My Account”).
Again, our class Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/140114778285 where
we, over 300 classmates and spouses, are gathering many of our photos,
videos, and news!
As 2015 roars along I want to thank all who made donations/contributions
over the past 2 years to the Class ALITC Fund, and/or the Class of ’67 50th
Anniversary Class project fund drive, and/or the Foundation’s Annual
and/or Athletic Excellence Funds.
I ask all of you to consider making all your USNA charitable gifts over
the next two years through the Class project’s various components. I would
like to see all do your maximum and strongly consider being or becoming an
annual Presidents Circle member at a minimum.
We alumni need to do our part in ensuring that USNA remains the premier
leadership institution in the land.
I again want to thank your class officers for their involvement in helping
me in achieving our goal of keeping ’67 a cohesive and enduring class.
My kudos to Wayne Savage (VP), Jim McNeece (Scribe), Jack Parry (Treasurer & ALITC
Chairman), Dick Meade (Web and Database Guru-“Dick of the Database”),
and Steve Phillips (‘67 Store Manager).
Be involved, and in contact, often!
Go Navy! Beat Army!!!
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